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NEWS | April 11, 2017

Teamwork in a Crisis

By Col. E. John Teichert 11th Wing

Last week, we faced a major challenge in response to the F-16 incident. While I walked away from the week drained, I also walked away from the week feeling encouraged and proud because of the display of teamwork between Joint Base Andrews, the community, and local authorities.

On the day of the incident, both the 11th Wing and the 113th Wing immediately stood-up our Crisis Action Teams and Emergency Operations Centers, and I witnessed your amazing professionalism and expertise in action. This professionalism was further exemplified at the crash site from the incident command, our mission and interagency partners, and all the first responders. In every facet of our response, I was humbled and impressed.

We talk a lot about the importance of strong partnerships and trusting relationships. Such ties cannot be built during a crisis, but must be established in calm times to be useful when under pressure. Under the pressure of last week, they proved themselves strong, trusting, and useful.

Our partnerships among the Joint Base Andrews partners from every corner of this base were stellar and seamless. Similarly, partnerships among on-base and off-base partners were stellar and seamless as well. I cannot thank all players enough, and I cannot overstate the richness of these relationships and partnerships. Tested by last week’s crisis, you demonstrated in every possible way why you are called America’s Airmen. Furthermore, our friends, neighbors, and colleagues in Prince George’s County proved yet again why we are fortunate to be a part of their community. As I pillowed my head on the night of the accident, I was overwhelmed by the privilege and honor of being a part of this amazing team and tight-knit community. Last week, America’s Airfield showed the world yet again what teamwork really looks like. It was a glorious sight!